For fun, I put together a list of things that remind us we’re not in Kansas anymore.

  • The hot dog at IKEA is a frankfurter and the choice of condiments includes dijonnaise (mustard/mayo) and fried onions.
  • M gets in trouble with his co-workers when he returns with a cup of coffee for himself but not anyone else.
  • No free refills and no ice dispensers. Sniff.
  • No tipping in general. Yeah!
  • No high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oil in packaged drinks and foods.
  • We can’t find any good Mexican food.
  • They serve free coffee, espresso, or tea at the grocery store, the bike shop, the city hall…
  • You have to pay for plastic bags at the grocery store.
  • You can buy wine or beer at your grocer and never get carded.
  • No one ever wears a bike helmet.
  • Locating a free public toilet is like finding a needle in a haystack. You get very creative when your kids have to go NOW.
  • We go to the doctor, no copay. We go to the pharmacy, no copay.
  • Our doctor makes house calls evenings and weekends.
  • The government has a vaccination program for children and it’s free. Kids also get less shots from what I can tell.
  • Dora speaks Dutch & English. Boots sounds like a heavy smoker.
  • One button flushes#1, one button flushes #2.
  • Shops are closed on Sundays.
  • Grocery stores are not open 24 hours a day.
  • Eggs and milk cartons are not in the refrigerated aisle. Eggs are not sold by the dozen.
  • Our house doesn’t have a freezer!!!